WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill (H.R. 526) purports to reduce fraud in the asbestos bankruptcy trust system through increased transparency measures.
“The reintroduction of the so-called FACT Act is yet another attempt to take away access to justice for some of the most vulnerable people in our country. Victims of asbestos-related illnesses deserve better than the burdensome reporting requirements and unnecessary delay on compensation claims that this bill is pushing.
“If House Republicans are intent on reintroducing this legislation, they should call it what it is: the ‘delay till they die’ act. The real intent of this bill is to favor corporate interests and delay justice for asbestos victims until even more of them die.”
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